Last day of `Upahar’ cinema hall
`Upahar`, the last cinema hall of Rajshahi city, is going to be closed after showing its last movie on Thursday.
The traditional Upahar hall is situated in New Market area of Rajshahi city.
Tapan Kumar Das, manager of Upahar Cinema Hall, said the last show of the hall will be held from 9am to 12pm on Thursday as per the instructions of the owner. After that the hall will be closed. The closure notice will be given tonight.
He said Rajshahi cinema halls were closed one after another due to recession in the talkie business. Upahar is also being closed as part of it.
Jahangir Alam, gatekeeper of the cinema hall, said, “We are working here since launching of the hall. Suddenly, the hall has been closed. Since then, I am worried because I have no other work experience.
Dr. Sajjad Bakul, assistant professor of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Rajshahi University and President of the University Film Society, said there will not be a movie hall in a divisional town is unacceptable.
FMA Zahid, president of Ritwik Ghatak Film Society, said, "There should a movie hall to be kept alive in the divisional city of Rajshahi as a tradition. I request the responsible authorities of the society to come forward.”
According to the 1991 government survey, there were 55 cinema halls in Rajshahi city and district. However, there are only five movie hall present in the district. The Upahar hall is going off. Babul of Paba Nouhata, Durgat of Keshorhat in Moharpur, Joy of Tanor and Antara of Madarganj Bagmara area are still alive.
The city had six theaters. These include Smriti, Utshab, Upahar, Bornali, Lily. There were also two cinema halls in Katakhali and and Naohata named Babul and Lily.
Among them, the country's second largest auditorium was Rajshahi's Bornali cinema hall with 1, 373 seats. But Rajshahi is going to be a city without a cinema hall.